Why Pompeo wants decisive action in Syria

Trying to deal with “scores of calls with comments and questions about Syria,” Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, has posted a letter to constituents discussing his recent visit to the Middle East and the U.S. options in “a very, very, very tough neighborhood.” Pompeo wrote that he doesn’t approve of President Obama’s current plan and wants Congress “to ensure American interests are observed and any action is decisive.” We should care what happens in Syria, Pompeo wrote, because “a growing control of radical Islamic jihadists threatens Americans at home and our armed forces abroad. We have a deep national interest in ensuring that a post-Assad Syria is not under the control of the ayatollahs in Iran, but is influenced by America’s efforts to defeat the most radical elements now fighting inside of that country.” He also said: “It is not responsible for a member of Congress to simply argue for ‘doing nothing’ for three years because we don’t like our president. The world will not wait…. Just saying ‘no’ is not a strategy; it is a recipe to make America weaker abroad than we already are.”